Family & Divorce

St John's Chambers is one of the foremost sets practising family law on the Western Circuit. Practitioners at the set are well known for their expertise in high-value financial remedy work as well as public and private child law. Interviewees regard this as 'one of the top leading sets in Bristol and the South West.' "

Chambers UK  2020

With its reputation as one of the leading family law sets in the South West, St John’s Family & Divorce team provide advice and representation nationally on all family matters. Our team consists of 2 silks and 24 barristers, and they are well-known not only for their legal expertise, but also for their personable and friendly manner with clients, whether at court, in conference or over the telephone.

Our public law and private law children team is involved in a significant proportion of the high-profile cases on the Western Circuit. They represent all parties at all Court levels, the majority of cases going to the County Court, High Court or Court of Appeal. Cases have involved surrogacy, same-sex relationships, child deaths, attempted murder, learning disabilities, trafficking, international adoptions, illegal adoptions, and gross neglect / harm.

In financial claims we represent all parties including interveners and third parties as well as spouses and partners. For cases involving children, alongside the parents, our clients include local authorities, Guardians, CAFCASS Legal, the Official Solicitor, and wider family members.

Our Divorce and Financial Remedy team regularly take on multi-million-pound cases, along with those where a party claims to have no assets but where there are in fact hidden assets. They also relish the challenge of lower net worth cases that need representation in order to get the best resolution for the client.

We can provide advice and representation in:

We also advise on civil partnership disputes as well as professional negligence claims arising from family cases.

Working regularly alongside experts such as valuers, pension specialists, accountants, social workers and medical professionals, each barrister strives to ensure that we find the right solution for each client.

Access to justice remains at the forefront and is integral to our business. Since the introduction of Graduated Fees in 2001, we are committed to providing a comprehensive service in publicly funded work so that the most vulnerable members of society still have proper legal representation.

Our barristers have worked on numerous projects supporting Litigants in Person and vulnerable witnesses. The team has also been involved in initiatives to help the local community.

Our barristers are often quoted in articles about family law, or indeed publish their own, both in the mainstream and legal press, along with specialist journals and via their own respected family law blogs. Barristers have also been featured in a variety of publications and BBC programmes.

Our clerking team are always accessible, and take care and time to understand the case or the individual personalities involved when recommending individual barristers. Read more.

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, under the Public Access scheme. Read more.

Publications and training

Members regularly conduct seminars in Chambers, at solicitors’ offices, or at other chosen venues throughout the UK. We maintain close ties with academics and our members include several published authors, as well as writing for legal periodicals. Please contact Luke Hodgson on 0117 923 4709 or email [email protected].